The faculty and staff of the School of Social Sciences and Human Services at Ramapo College profess Black lives matter.
We are part of a society where Black, Indigenous, and People of Color continue to be impacted by institutional racism.
We aspire to be part of a college where we are no longer complacent or complicit.
We pledge to include contributions of nonwhite scholars in the curriculum.
We pledge to denounce colorblind philosophies which aim to demean the historical role of race in America.
We pledge to dedicate SSHS resources to planning and promoting extra-curricular opportunities for students to understand oppression.
We aspire to support our students, faculty, and staff of color in our struggles against racist and anti-black practices and policies within and outside of our institution.
We ask you to join us.
In the Fall of 2019, SSHS launched Conversations on Race. In that series, we tackled race and the law; race and the politics of 2020; W.E.B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington; the legacy of Jim Crow; the complexities of hip hop; history of blackface; and media coverage of race in America, and also held a speaker series on Driving While Black in New Jersey. We hope you will join us in 2020-2021 where we will discuss: Black Lives Matter; defunding the police; whiteness as property; and voting rights.